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Lansing Lights Up for the 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City

Silver Bells in the City brings together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season and this year features even more activities and special outdoor performances.

Lansing Lights Up for the 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Nov 18, 2013

Silver Bells in the City brings together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season. This year features even more activities and special outdoor performances, all highlighted by the 17th annual Electric Light parade which steps off at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 from the corner of Washington Square and Lenawee.

Immediately following the parade, crowds will count-down in anticipation of the lighting of the State Christmas tree, followed by a spectacular fireworks display cascading over the Capitol dome (weather permitting).

Check out all of the exciting Silver Bells festivities this year:

* Kick off the fun with the 3rd annual Silver Bells Fun Run! The run will include two loops of the parade route and will benefit Silver Bells in the City and the Chris & Louise Holman Foundation. The run starts at 5 p.m. at the corner of Ottawa and Capital Avenue. Registration is $25, participants 12 and under with t-shirt is $10, and 12 and under without t-shirt is free. The run is limited to 1,000 participants. Click here to register.

* Silver Bells Village located on East Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue will feature holiday crafts, homemade treats and other delights for eager holiday shoppers.

* The 2013 Silver Bells in the City commemorative holiday ornament is available for purchase online and will also be sold the night of the event at the Silver Bells Village, and at La Fille Gallery.

* Enjoy music, games and prizes with the Radio Disney Road Crew before the parade starts, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol Building.

* The Festival welcomes Radio Disney's talented boy band, IM5 to the stage as this year's headline performers. Opening for IM5 is YouTube sensation Macy Kate.

* Returning this year is the Lansing Board of Water and Light Toy Mill, complete with an interactive water and light exhibit. Bring an unwrapped toy to the 200 block of North Washington Square to be distributed to underprivileged children through the Marine Corps' Toys-for-Tots program. The Toy Mill opens at noon on Friday, Nov. 22.

* Come visit with Santa and his reindeer at the Lansing City Market, and enjoy free juice and cookies (while supplies last).

* Enjoy performances by nearly 50 regional arts and cultural organizations, school groups, storytellers, theatrical troupes, clowns, hand-bell choirs and many others.

* Other event entertainment includes free admission and entertainment at more than 15 downtown cultural institutions, self-guided tours of the State Capitol building and a live big-screen telecast of the festivities at the Lansing Center for those who would rather watch the parade indoors.

* In addition to these festivities, downtown stores and restaurants will be open late to kick-off holiday shopping and dining. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and stay late to take in all that downtown Lansing has to offer.

* Live Broadcast: For those who cannot make it to Silver Bells in the City, the Electric Light Parade will be broadcast LIVE from 6 to 8 p.m. on FOX 47 and WKAR. Silver Bells in the City is free and open to the public. A project of Downtown Lansing Inc., Silver Bells in the City is produced with the assistance of many dedicated community volunteers from the city, state, downtown businesses and educational and cultural institutions.